Book Review: The Small One

The Small OnePicture books are one of the rarer categories to appear here on Leah’s Bookshelf. Since I have a predominately mid to late teen audience, they don’t really fit. But every once in a while, even teens and adults can enjoy a good picture book. Plus I know a lot of you have younger siblings who probably like being read to and receiving books for birthdays.

The Small One is about a boy and his beloved donkey. Unfortunately, the donkey has become to old and weak to pull his weight in the family business. The boy’s father says Small One must be sold. The boy is devastated, but asks his father for permission to bring Small One into town himself in order to make sure he finds a good home. The father agrees. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any kind people in need of a donkey. And then, just when all hope seems lost, someone shows up who needs a donkey to bring his wife to Bethlehem.

Yes, Christmas is over. And this is most definitely a Christmas story. But the story is just as fun and touching after Christmas as before. I pulled it out on New Year’s Eve and enjoyed spending about five minutes reading it (it’s a short picture book). Apparently it’s based on a Disney movie. Has anyone seen it?

What’s your favorite fictional Christmas story?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Hope both days were wonderful for you. 🙂


3 Replies to “Book Review: The Small One”

  1. That sounds like a neat story. My favorite Christmas fiction is probably The Birds’ Christmas Carol. I still cry at the end of it though. (-:

    Have you ever read The Fourth Wise Man by Susan Summers? It’s similar to this one in that it is about fictional characters that interact with Jesus. I recommend you look in to it. It’s a great book.

  2. I’m pretty sure I’ve both read and seen this movie… probably a long time ago, because I don’t really remember the details, but the story is very familiar.

  3. I turned 14 this month and I still enjoy picture-books!
    My favorite fictional Christmas-story is probably “The Birds’ Christmas Carol” too! Just for the record, there are four books that have made me cry, and this is not one of them… but I think everyone else in my family did!

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